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Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good first phone for kids 05/02/2015

This review is from: Nokia Lumia 521 T-Mobile No Contract 1.0GHz Windows Smart Phone

Pros: -cheap price
-Windows phone operating system works very well. Less glitches than my android phones.
-Windows account log in so it synch's with other Windows stuff well.

Cons: -all plastic construction
-lowish resolution camera
-not as many apps as IOS or android

Other Thoughts: So I purchased on 02/28/14 as a first phone for my teenage daughter - figured if she lost or broke it I was only out $100 vs. a $500+ flagship phone. It honestly worked better than I expected and the Windows operating system had a lot less issues than android and apple over the same period of ownership. So all in all a good first phone for a kid. Only day to day drawback was the camera quality is not very good.

Flash forward to 05/02/15 (warranty expired of course) and now the phone won't charge. Looked online and it is a common problem with no clear solution. I tried a new battery ($40) and as long as the batter had charged it worked, but one the charge ran out it was back to not charging. I plug it in and it tries to turn on then buzzes and turns off without charging. Tried various chargers with same results.

So long story short - not a bad starter phone, but don't expect it to last. On the plus side you can pick them up for $50 or less now, so even buying 1 a year it would take several years to equal a more expensive flagship phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Light (T-mobile) LTE Quad-Core 1.4GHz Cell Phone
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs OK Phone for the $$ 06/24/2014

This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Light (T-mobile) LTE Quad-Core 1.4GHz Cell Phone

Pros: Nice size in hand and pocket, good processor speed, nice screen. Great battery life! Wi-Fi calling, can multitask even on phone calls.

Cons: Physical home button to easy to push by mistake, ear speaker can distort at mid-high volumes when using as a phone. No mass storage mode only connect as media device or camera modes. Camera quality sucks.... sorry no sugar coating that one.

Other Thoughts: The phone itself works well and has a lot of bang for the buck. The main issue I had with the phone was it had a hard time switching between LTE, WCDMA, and GSM. When it was connected to LTE network it worked great, but then when it tried to drop to 4G it would not make the jump correctly and would drop all the way to Edge (2G). I had to set it to only connect to WCDMA/GSM, which sets it to primarily 4G - once I did that it was very stable.

The other main issue I have is the physical home button is very easy to hit by mistake which then kicks you out of what you are doing. Also have to be careful with it in your pocket! As mentioned the camera quality is not great and is kind of clunky to use - if you take a lot of phone pictures this is not the phone for you.

On the plus side you get a quad core processor, that can multitask very well, and great battery life. I can read books, play games, stream music, and make calls all day long and the battery is generally above 20% when I plug it in to go to bed.

Most issues with the phone can be solved by googling the problem and finding out what settings to change. Most of the issues are specific to Samsung android phones in particular, and there are some annoying T-Mobil things but I am not docking the phone for T-Mobile's issues.

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Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile) 4G Dual-Core 1.0GHz Windows 8 OS Cell Phone Bundle with iLuv Portable Speaker Case & hypercel Car Charger
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Phone is exactly what I hoped for - reliable, easy to use, good call quality, relatively fast. I got it as a first phone for my daughter. Plenty of oomph and features for a tween and still cheap enough on the pocket that if she loses or breaks it you aren't out a $600 iPhone!

Cons: Picks up fingerprints like it's a magnet! Hopefully I will solve that with a screen protector. Also the phone is entirely plastic, so buy a good rugged case to protect it from drops. The volume almost can be to loud - some concern about kid using earphones with this phone - it is really loud! Took one egg for the plastic feel and the screen being a fingerprint magnet.

Other Thoughts: Was supposed to be 4-7 business days for shipping - actually didn't even leave the warehouse until the 7th day! Then it got delayed - all total it took 3 weeks to show up! I know it's a bit out of Neweggs control, but I have never had that issue with any other Newegg orders in the past.

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Display Name: Johnny R.

Date Joined: 08/10/07

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  • First Review: 10/24/08
  • Last Review: 05/02/15
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